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Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary

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Address: 7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240-9407
Phone Number: +1 941-371-6377
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12:00 - 16:00
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Wed - Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary provides a sanctuary "for...

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary provides a sanctuary "for life" for the exotic animals currently calling the sanctuary home. Our goal is to create habitats that mimic native environments and are complete with a staff that can provide daily behavioral, sensory, and manipulative enrichment which is the basis for a happy healthy animal in captivity. As we grow and open our habitat to more rescues we will provide the same excellent care while educating the public.

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beautiful place !!!

This place is amazing!! The Lions, tigers , bears, birds. It is beautiful Daily Shows, An up close and personal talk, featuring the incredible intelligence and agility of big... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Guty S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place is amazing!! The Lions, tigers , bears, birds. It is beautiful Daily Shows, An up close and personal talk, featuring the incredible intelligence and agility of big cats.

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Thank Guty S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

They do great work and in a fun way explain what they do and why they do it. I really suggest taking in a show and seeing it for yourself.

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Thank Reid F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great place for all age groups. My 3 year old granddaughter thoroughly enjoyed the petting zoo as well as the BIG cats. Plenty of easy parking, clean and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Be sure to note times they are open to the public.

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Thank Sandra S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband loves big cats and we like to support their sanctuaries. This one is very clean and well organized. The 2 pm big cat show features Handsome the lion, Mia the liger, and Barry White the white tiger. Good place for all ages to visit and enjoy .

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Thank Rebekkasmom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While I liked the place overall, I would like to mention few things to make visitors with families aware. What I liked is a lot of big cats very close. You can even feed them which is cool, our kids loved it. Staff is friendly and seems caring about the animals. Some people complained about those cats kept in small... More 

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Thank Evgeny M
Pompano Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a wonderful few hours, wish I lived closer I would like to volunteer at this non profit sanctuary for not only big cats but bears, wolves, Llamas, monkeys & giant tortoise, plus assorted parrots, goats, horses & civits. Had an hour show at no extra cost, the commentator was funny & educational (not easy) the family devote their life... More 

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Thank joansmithboyd
North Mankato, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a cloudy day so decided to check out something we have not been to before so this sounded like a great stop!! It was better than i could of expected. If you love to see big cats, bears, goats and so much more this is completely worth you time and money. The family takes such good care of... More 

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Thank Chrisyallen
Largo, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and my 2nd visit this time with daughter, her husband and Grandkids 12 yrs and 13 months great place for young and old everyone enjoyed we totally loved the 2:00 show. Not too long for the older or younger very informative and cute show plus the animals very well trained. Would definitely go back again they keep getting... More 

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Thank Gerry Y
Anna Maria Island, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My first time and I absolutely enjoyed every bit of this habitat. It was the closest I have ever been to a bear they were beautiful The lions, tigers, ligers were magnificent. I will recommend this experience to all of my friends to bring their grandchildren It was great! Like the monkey that was before the big cat show also.... More 

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Thank rkoche
Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I am impressed each time with the Rosair /retired circus family who all work hard to care for these exoctic animals so we can appreciate them before some are gone forever. They need donations to expand and provide for the assortment of animals they have acquired over the years in addition to just tigers, lions, bears, etc. I like the... More 

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BigCatHabitat, Front Office Manager at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, responded to this review

Thank you, on behalf of the animals, for the wonderful review! We are so glad you enjoyed your day. We appreciate all the kind words and look forward to you returning. You can register for promotional and event emails by emailing info@bigcathabitat.org. Please Visit Us At bigcathabitat.org to get to know us better and like us on Facebook to keep... More 

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